Cargo ship runs aground off Sewells Point in Norfolk

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A 586-foot cargo ship carrying cement and steel ran aground in the Elizabeth River off Sewells Point Thursday afternoon.

Coast Guard watchstanders in Portsmouth received a call at 12:50 p.m. that the bulk cargo ship Mallika Naree lost propulsion, hit a buoy and ran aground outside the channel.

Crews launched from Coast Guard Station Portsmouth around 1 p.m.  An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City was diverted at 1:20 p.m. to conduct an overflight assessment of the area.

Commercial tug boats moved the cargo ship to a nearby anchorage in the Elizabeth River, where it was safely anchored.

No injuries were reported and the ship did not take on water, Coast Guard officials say. There were also no signs of pollution.

Crews from the Virginia Marine Resources Commission and the Norfolk Fire Department responded to the scene along with the Coast Guard.

Stay with for updates on this developing story.

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